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Reasons for Pet Aggression

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There have been many stories in the news these days about dogs attacking other dogs, their owners, and other animals. There are two possible solutions: either the world is coming to an end and all of the animals are in revolt, or we are not picking up on the signals or reasons for our pets aggression. I suspect it's the latter...

There are many reasons for aggression in animals and it's important to understand all of them. This is a look at the most common causes of aggression in animals (particularly dogs) and what you can do to resolve the problems.

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Training Diaries: Health Checks

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As you all know, we began our dogs on a training program. While this was initially for behavioral reasons, the physical reasons are just as good a reason to begin a training program.

When we first started out with our training diaries commitment, we wanted to ensure our pets were all healthy. Last year, we changed their diet to The Honest Kitchen (which we and they love!), and this year, we began working on routine exercise (more on that next week), and have started requiring that they “work” for a living. Of course, they are all in great shape and while they don't have any weight issues, it's still important to have health issues checked out. Particularly when signs of aggression began to appear in our oldest dog, Cheiss.

Turns out, most of the aggression issues in dogs can be linked back to pain management issues. We had the good fortune to discuss why this occurs with a few very informed and well-respected trainers.

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Preparing Pets for Holiday Visitors

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Holidays are stressful for everyone, including your pets. If you’re into the whole “impression management” thing (and I admit that we tried for years, but have long since quit caring), you know that there's not much you can do about the chewed up couch (other than a well-placed blanket) or those pet beds scattered throughout the home, but there are things you can do to make visits from neighbors and friends less stressful for you and your pets. This article is devoted to the introvert in all of us!

In this article, we focus on trying to keep our pets from jumping on visitors (easier than you may think), properly introducing our pets to company, training children on how to approach and work with animals, and keeping everyone (as well as your home) smelling fresh.

Post your Priorities

Hang your favorite sign at the door so that everyone knows not only that you have pets, but also the right of way. It's also good to remind people that the cats should never be let out (no matter what they tell you) and that your pets live with you, but visitors are temporary. These are a few of the signs we like.

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How to Teach Your Pets to Clean Up Their Toys

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We all have collections of half-eaten toys lying around. During our training, we decided it was a good idea for our pets to clean up their own mess. So, we started working on training them to clean up their own toys.

We began with a container to hold the toys. That’s of critical importance. We found several that we like, but ultimately ended up with a large basket that is easy for them to get in and out of.  You’ll want to keep the container in an area where they can reach it and you should never change that place. IF you do, you’ll wind up having your dogs drop their toys in that area forever. Once you have your container, you’ll need to follow these steps:

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Tips for Introducing your Dog to Strangers

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If your normally mild-mannered dog goes into defensive mode whenever a strange person comes to visit, you're not alone. Newly adopted dogs in particular can be difficult to settle around strangers and may exhibit behaviors such as barking, jumping, or growling. Although every dog's personality is different, there are a few things you can do to make your dog more comfortable around strangers. Keeping these tactics in mind will help ease anxiety for your pets and your guests.

Control the Situation

When opening the door to visitors, you'll want to make sure that your dog is restrained with dog harnesses and/or leashes. You'll need to remain in control of the situation if your dog has shown aggressive behavior in the past. When the doorbell rings, you can instruct your dog to sit and allow the pet to sniff the stranger before they touch the dog. Consider shaking hands with the guest first, and then allow your dog sniff the stranger's scent on your hand to help increase familiarity. This puts you at the center of the interaction, rather than letting the dog loose on the visitor.

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